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New Mexico Lobos 2009 Football Season Year in Review

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Lobos Football Schedule

@ Texas A&M Sat 09/05 L 6 - 41
Tulsa Sat 09/12 L 10 - 44
Air Force Sat 09/19 L 13 - 37
New Mexico St. Sat 09/26 L 17 - 20
@ Texas Tech Sat 10/03 L 28 - 48
@ Wyoming Sat 10/10 L 13 - 37
UNLV Sat 10/24 L 17 - 34
@ San Diego St. Sat 10/31 L 20 - 23
@ Utah Sat 11/07 L 14 - 45
BYU Sat 11/14 L 19 - 24
Colorado St. Sat 11/21 W 29 - 27
@ TCU Sat 11/28 L 10 - 51

 

This season went about as bad as any new head coach could have written up.  Mike Locksley came from Illinois as their offensive coordinator and recruiting guru, but immediately was in trouble.  He was accused of ageism, sexual harassment, and the most egregious was punching his wide receivers coach which lead to a week long suspension.

Coach Locksley was talking quite a bit at the preseason meetings how his team would be able to compete with the top teams.  At first glance that did not seem too much like a stretch since the 2008 squad was filled with injuries and the 2007 team was the first bowl winning team in a very long time for the Lobos.  Instead the Lobos went 1-11 and beat a realing Colorado State squad to quite possibly save Mike Locksely job.

New Mexico was ranked 100th or lower in nearly every major offensive and defensive category.  The team thought to have a good quarterback to run their offense in Donovan Porterie who is a good athlete.  However, he suffered a knee injury late last year and never fully recovered.  The bright spot was the almost win aganist BYU, but they lost because their kicker was unable to convert on some kicks.

The offense was so terrible that only three times all year they were able to score 20 points or more, while their defense gave up 30 or in eight games with their best defensive output was their 20 points they gave up to rival New Mexico State.  The big news is that Locksley is returning next year and the Lobo faithful hope he is able to recruit as well as he is known to.